About UsFounded by Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is based on the belief that democracy depends on a citizenry that is highly informed and deeply engaged in the issues that affect their lives. First Look seeks to improve society through journalism and technology, to help individuals hold the powerful accountable, build responsive institutions and, most important, shape their communities and what happens in their lives for the better.
Editorial Independence at First Look MediaFirst Look Media is deeply committed to editorial independence. In fact, we have structured both our flagship organization and our growing network of digital magazines to provide our journalists with the kind of autonomy that is too often undermined by the demands of advertisers and investors.
Our organization, First Look Media, is in the process of seeking 501c3 nonprofit status. While we will vigorously seek out revenues as a way to sustain our work, the not-for-profit structure ensures that our journalism comes first – and that our writers have the freedom they need to pursue their reporting wherever it leads them.
Our founder, Pierre Omidyar, serves as CEO and publisher of First Look. He brings a wealth of experience to the organization as an entrepreneur and technologist, and he is deeply engaged in setting up the company and working to ensure its future. Pierre has no involvement in the newsroom’s day-to-day operations. All editorial decisions at First Look – from story assignments and blog posts to headlines and style guides – are made exclusively by our team of editors and reporters. Questions of journalism – what issues to cover, and how best to cover them – belong entirely to our journalists. Each editor in our network of digital magazines will answer those questions for themselves.
We are proud that our insistence on editorial independence has already attracted some of the most fiercely independent journalists of our day. We look forward to the outstanding work they will create with the autonomy and resources we’re providing them – and to the many other talented professionals who will join us in making First Look a model for great journalism, free from financial and political interference.